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The American conductor Alan Curtis, an important pioneer in reviving many forgotten early operas, died in July at age 80. This week’s “Trove Thursday” unearths Il Tito, a beguiling work by the inexplicably ignored Italian master Antonio Cesti, a composer Curtis championed at the Innsbruck Fest.... More »

Ring of Achievement? + MORE

Amalie Materna, the first Bayreuth Brünnhilde, with Cocotte, the horse donated by King Ludwig to play her horse GraneThe first complete performance of Wagner's Ring Cycle took place in Bayreuth, in a theatre built specifically for the purpose, under festival conditions. And the cost was so great th.... More »

Washington Bach Consort struggles onward + MORE

J. S. Bach, Flute Sonatas, B. Kuijken, E. Demeyere (Accent, 2000) J. S. Bach, Viola da Gamba Sonatas, J. Savall, T. Koopman (Alia Vox, 2000)Washington's entire community of musicians was shocked and saddened when J. Reilly Lewis died from a sudden heart attack this past June. No group of musicians.... More »
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Anything’s pure gold + MORE

Opera Australia and John Frost have teamed up again to present a revival of Cole Porter’s 1934 triumph Anything Goes..... More »

English National Opera chorus to conduct silent protest during performance of Philip Glass's Akhnaten over contract dispute + MORE

Officials from Equity vote unanimously to strike after failing to agree new terms with ENO management.... More »

Don’t give up the day job

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Antonio Pappano, billed as a bass (but surely a tenor leggiero), joins Rolando Villazón on his latest recording.
'A' for effort.

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Fox News story for Black History Month: "Roy Eaton broke the color barrier on Madison Avenue"Fox News: “Roy Eaton broke the color barrier on Madison Avenue”Earlier today, AfriClassical posted: Pianist Roy F. Eaton in Recital Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 1 PM at St. Peter’s Church at the corner of 54th and Lexington Avenue in New York CityRoy Eaton replied with a link to a Fox News story for Black History Month: “Roy Eaton broke the color barrier on Madison Avenue…

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Arvo Part - Pilgrim's Song from Voces Musicales Arvo Part – Pilgrim’s Song: Voces Musicales, Tallinn Sinfonietta, Risto Joost: ERP Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Feb 7 2014 Star rating: 5.0Control & flexibility: This disc of Estonian forces performing music by one of Estonia’s greatest composers is certainly work seeking out.This 2009 disc from ERP features the chamber choir Voces Musicales and the Tallin Sinfonietta (now known as the Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta), conducted by Risto Joost in a selection of Arvo Part’s settings of sacred texts for choir and orchestra starting with Ein Wallfahrtslied setting Psalm 12, Magnificat, Summa, Nunc Dimittis and Te Deum…

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Sergio A. Mims: Segment of Katie Couric Show Features 12-year-old Cellist Sujari Britt Playing Bach 'Suite No. 4, Sarabande'Sujari Britt Performing on Cello on Katie Couric ShowSergio A. Mims sends this link:I got this e-mail from Sujari’s motherFor those who asked, the segment of the Katie Couric Show now has a snippet (cut version) of Sujari  Britt playing Bach, Suite No. 4, Sarabande. http://katiecouric.com/videos/12-year-old-cello-prodigy/Sergio

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Don Giovanni, Royal Opera, 14 February 2014

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 Royal Opera House, Covent GardenLeporello – Alex EspositoDonna Anna – Malin Byström Don Giovanni – Mariusz Kwiecień Commendatore – Alexander Tsyambalyuk Don Ottavio – Antonio Poli Donna Elvira – Véronique Gens Zerlina – Elizabeth Watts Masetto – Dawid Kimberg Kasper Holten (director)Es Devlin (set designs) Luke Halls (video) Anja Vang Kragh (costumes) Bruon Poet (lighting) Sine Fabricis (choreography) Royal Opera Chorus (chorus master: Renato Balsadonna)Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Nicola Luisotti (conductor)  When, a fortnight ago, this production of Don Giovanni opened at the Royal Opera House, it seemed to have created uproar…

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Time to Deny the Nazis their One Last Victory

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Time to Deny the Nazis their One Last VictoryThe conductor Daniel Barenboim (who is also Jewish) is famous for saying that it is important that Wagner be played in Israel to deny the Nazis their “one last victory”.Today, it occurred to me that many people are driven by purely emotive arguments to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive by dutifully hating Wagner for allegedly inciting genocide or even of single-handedly causing the Holocaust…

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Richard Strauss's 'Die Frau ohne Schatten', which the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts this weekend, is a fairy-tale opera telling a lofty story of love and self-sacrifice. View a slideshow of the production and read some insights from Classical MPR's Rex Levang.

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Rigoletto – review

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Rigoletto – reviewColiseum, LondonThere is much to recommend ENO’s new production of Rigoletto – not least a remarkable performance by Quinn Kelsey in the title roleIn opera, age is relative. The teenage heroine is usually played by a soprano at least twice her age. The wise king whom you take to be in his dotage is only pushing 40…

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Rigoletto has to be one of Verdi’s most nocturnal and dependent on scene changes operas to have its effect on the audience. The transition from palace to house to garden and Sparafucile’s Inn has been a brief that directors over the years have followed with variable degrees of success. A chance to shift from interior opulence […]

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ENO’s Rigoletto Exposes Victorian Morality’s Darker Side

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Verdi, Rigoletto: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of English National Opera/Graeme Jenkins (conductor, London Coliseum, London, 13.2.14. (JPr)  Cast: Rigoletto: Quinn Kelsey Duke of Mantua: Barry Banks Gilda: Anna Christy Sparafucile: Peter Rose Maddalena: Justina Gringyte Monterone: David Stout Marullo: George Humphreys Borsa: Anthony Gregory Ceprano: Barnaby Rea Giovanna: Diana Montague   Production: Director: Christopher Alden […]

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Live tonight from Munich

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The Bavarian State Opera's free streaming series continues this evening with a new production of La Clemenza di Tito.
Watch at 19:00 CET (6pm UK) on Staatsoper.TV.
Conductor Kirill PetrenkoDirector Jan BosseTito Vespasiano Toby SpenceVitellia Kristine OpolaisSesto Tara ErraughtServilia Hanna-Elisabeth MüllerAnnio Angela BrowerPublio Tareq Nazmi

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Book Review: Cohen, "Stefan Wolpe and the Avant Garde Diaspora"For those of you out there who have a subscription to the I Care if You Listen magazine app (highly recommended if you don’t have it already!) I’ve got – count it – two features “printed” in today’s new issue. I’m very happy to report that one of them, an interview with the young emerging composer Cynthia Lee Wong, is actually the cover story…

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Ensemble. Crisp Elegance

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Chamber music in Arizona, heard by Maria Nockin

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